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Chapter 55 – President Xi is Drunk
The effect of Spring Flower No. 2 was mainly to remove scars, both new and old scars.
This kind of medicine was extremely common in Duan Shu Tong’s old world, but there was no medicine with the same effectiveness in this world, at least none that were in circulation on the market.
Although scars could now be repaired using medical means, they could not be completely eliminated. The effects of Spring Flower No. 2 was no worse than that of after surgery results. What’s more, skin grafting operation required taking skin from one part of the body to make up another area of the body.
Most people would more or less have some sort of scar on their body. Such scars do not hinder their daily life, but might affect their appearance. Except for those who needed hospital treatment for special circumstances, others might prefer to use special scar removal creams.
When it was time to get off work, Duan Shu Tong took off his lab coat, and as soon as he left the laboratory, Zhou Ling chased after him.
Seeing the worried look on the girl’s face, he smiled gently and said, “Is there something wrong?”
Zhou Ling’s face looked much better now than it did before. Her facial features were originally delicate and pretty. Once her acne and freckles were gone, she got more and more suitors, so her confidence also went up quite a bit.
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In the depths of her heart, she very much respected and appreciated Duan Shu Tong, but now, she had to make a choice.
“Director Duan, I don’t think I can keep up with your ideas at my current level. Instead, I will become a burden to you and drag you down. After thinking about it for a long time, I decided to sit an entrance exam for a graduate program to further my studies. I will resign soon, so I wanted to tell you first.”
Duan Shu Tong was stunned for a moment, obviously not expecting a young girl to be more enterprising than most of the male colleagues in the R&D department, and he couldn’t help but smile: “Do whatever you want, I support you. Besides, you are not a burden. You are very smart and hardworking. You’re very suitable for this line of work. I wish you a bright future.”
“Thank you,” Zhou Ling’s eyes suddenly pricked and heated up. She turned her face away and asked in a very soft voice, “If… If I graduate and apply to be your assistant in the future, will you… I’m sorry!”
How could she ask such a thing? She really shouldn’t. By the time she graduated, Director Duan would already have better assistants by his side, so why would he even think about her?
Before Duan Shu Tong could react, Zhou Ling lowered her head and ran away.
Zhou Ling’s unfinished words were not hard to guess. Duan Shu Tong smiled and lowered his head to send a text to Zhou Ling: The Spring and Autumn Hall will always welcome you.
Seeing the message, Zhou Ling suddenly smiled brightly. Then she wiped the corners of her eyes.
Back at home, Duan Shu Tong ate together with Uncle Sun and them. After the meal, he asked casually, “Are Xi… Xi Yu and the others very busy lately?”
It was really hard for him to say “Uncle Xi” at this point in time. If he called him “Brother Xi” then the generations would get all messed up, and calling him “President Xi” seemed too estranged. He really didn’t know how to address Xi Duan in front of others, so he just used “Xi Yu” as the starter.
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Uncle Sun was old so he had more life experienced. He smiled so broadly that his face folded up into lots of wrinkles, “Busy indeed. Sir has been bringing the young master around to get familiar with company affairs. He comes back very late every day, so it’s hard for him to meet with Mr. Duan. Also, the age gap between you and sir is not that great. Although you two are from different generations, it’s okay to be more casual in private settings. He doesn’t have any real friends. For all these years, it’s just been you Mr. Duan.”
[T/N: The Chinese are really particular about which generation you’re from on the family tree, even relatives who are younger than you in age can be your uncle or aunt based on the family lines. So while Xi Duan is considered part of the “older” generation, his actual age is not that much older than Duan Shu Tong.]
As Uncle Sun spoke, he couldn’t help but sigh: “On the surface, it looks like sir doesn’t like talking much, but in actuality…”
Before he could finish speaking, the sound of a car sounded outside the door, so Duan Shu Tong and Uncle Sun walked out together.
The car was parked in the courtyard. Xi Duan, Xi Yu, and Cen Ning got out of the car. It just so happened that the sunset in the sky that day was gorgeous. At the boundary of day and night, light and shadow shrouded the man’s tall figure, interweaving into a stunning snapshot of the moment.
Duan Shu Tong stood on the steps, staring distractedly at the man walking up the steps. The faint scent of alcohol wafted in the wind, a bit abrupt, but inexplicably bewitching.
“Been drinking?” He asked.
Xi Duan was two steps away from him. His eyes were clear, and he didn’t seem to be drunk. His voice was low and hoarse, “Yes, drank [alcohol].”
“Go back upstairs to rest?”
Duan Shu Tong shifted his body to make way, “Then… come in first?”
“Yes, go in.”
Is this guy drunk or not drunk?
If he’s drunk, then how was he walking so steadily? If he’s not drunk, then why did his responses sound a bit off?
On the contrary, Cen Ning next to him almost slipped down the steps. Fortunately, Liu Zhi Fei helped him and dragged him inside.
Duan Shu Tong asked Xi Yu, “Is your uncle drunk?”
Xi Yu was sullen. He lowered his head and said, “I don’t know either.” He was not old enough to drink yet. He had been waiting in the car, so he did not know how much Xi Duan had drunk.
It was Uncle Sun who knew best, so he said helplessly: “When sir gets drunk he never goes crazy. It’s always like this. I’ll help him upstairs first.”
Duan Shu Tong hurriedly stretched out his hand, “Let me.”
Uncle Sun was old, and Xi Yu was too young. Of all the people present, he was best suited to taking care of Xi Duan right now.
“Then I will trouble Mr. Duan.” Uncle Sun said with a smile.
He had no idea what happened with Xi Yu, but the boy didn’t say a word and went directly to his room.
Translations by Vanilla Muse.
The drunk President Xi was very well behaved. He responded to whatever Duan Shu Tong said. He went upstairs when asked, and lied down when prompted. He was not a bothersome drunk at all.
Duan Shu Tong covered Xi Duan with a thin blanket. Then he left the room on light feet and came to Xi Yu’s door. He knocked.
The boy opened the door and stared at Duan Shu Tong with big eyes. His eyes were red, as if he was about to cry in the next second.
A sentence blurted out from the boy’s mouth: “Duan-ge, Uncle is too difficult!”